Rob Papen The Four Element Synth

200+ Pages and 10+ Hours of Instructional Material Covering All Aspects of Subtractive Synthesis
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Written by synthesis master Rob Papen, The 4 Element Synth is your ticket to a deeper kind of exploration of subtractive synthesis. Globally renowned as an expert sound designer and synthesis pioneer, Rob Papen has developed many of the most popular virtual instrument synthesizers available here at Sweetwater. The 4 Element Synth takes you on a 200+ page journey into the secrets of synthesis, complete with over 10 hours of video content that will revolutionize the way you approach subtractive sound design. Whether you're a novice or a pro, we're sure you're going to love Rob Papen's The 4 Element Synth.

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth Instructional Book and DVD Set Features:
  • Everything you've always wanted to know about subtractive synthesis
  • Written by one of the all-time greatest synthesis and subtractive sound-design gurus, Rob Papen
  • 200+ pages of detailed instruction outlining countless essential subtractive synthesis concepts
  • Supplemented with over 10 hours of video content on 4 DVDs
  • Perfect for beginners and seasoned synthesis pros alike
  • NOTE: This is a PAL-formatted DVD, designed to be played in your computer.
Discover subtractive synthesis like never before with Rob Papen's The 4 Element Synth!

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$50 for this is a steal! If you are interested in synthesizer programming you need this! I've been a fan of Rob's software synthesizers for a while and I often use them for my musical endeavors. before this I mainly used presets and tweak them a little here and there. Now I'm able to create whole new sounds and the sky is the limit. Thank you Rob for this gift to musicians and thank you sweetwater for getting it to my door faster than a speeding bullet! PS. (They send you candy :) )
Music background: Lifelong Synth enthusiast

Phenomenal course to learn synth programming!!!!!!!

Let me start by saying this. Before I purchased this course, I was already at about an intermediate level when it comes to synth programming, specifically subtractive synthesis. I knew how to program most bread and butter sounds like a pad, leads, synth bass, brass, and even some synth drum & percussion. I knew how to use oscillators, filters, modulation, and fx to some degree. Having said all of that, the difference this instructional course made is like night and day! After finishing this course, I definitely now have an expert level of knowledge for synth programming. There aren't too many different sounds I could imagine creating, that I wouldn't know how to go about programming now in my mind after using this course. Of course, you will need to out this knowledge into practice on your own time. But the difference now is I have a complete understanding of what each component of a synth does, and is supposed to do. Knowing this makes you versatile for working with pretty much any synth you touch, analog, modular, or vst plug-in; they're all based on the same principals that this course teaches. If you are serious about creating your own sounds, or maybe you want to create your own commercial libraries, this absolutely will prepare you from transitioning as an amateur, to a professional synth programmer, easily!!!! In my opinion, this is on the scale of getting into a college level type course for sound design. The videos show you exactly what Rob is talking about, and the videos play plenty of examples of what is being explained. Envelopes, Filters, Modulation, Amps, Oscillators, and some are all covered extensively. Get this TODAY if you are really serious about learning synth programming.
Music background: Film Composer, Keyboardist

DVDs are PAL format

The book and DVDs are well done and very informative. I'm learning a lot about subtractive synthesis and this set is changing the way I approach building my sounds. The only problem is the DVDs are all region PAL format (USA and Canada use NTSC). These disks will not play in a region 1 DVD or BluRay player. You may be able to watch the DVDs on your computer if it has software to convert the format.
Music background: Hobbyist - for now

Great Way to Learn Synthesis!

Great book on learning the basic principles of synthesis. Even better since it includes 4 DVD's with examples of the entire book on video. Wish this was around when I started learning synthesis years ago. Suggested for beginning to intermediate users primarily. Could use a more advanced version to complement it.
Music background: Professional Composer/Orchestrator

The One to WORK with

If, like me at the time i bouht this, was relatively new to sound design,, I can certainly tell you wont find a better place to start. This book and DVD set gives the lowdown not only on Rob's product line, but more importantly, the basic architecture of synthesis and synthesizers in a comprehensive account in simple,plain, and common sense approach that will not leave you guessing about the way to find your own voice and technique developement to make your sounds and FX your very own
Music background: Bassist, Composer, Military musician, Freelance Producer

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Austin Moss

I like to think I know a thing or two about sound design and I took synth classes in college. This tome is easily the most accessible book on approaching synthesizers that I've read. I recommend Rob Papen's "The 4 Element Synth" to all my clients whether they're getting their first VST, a Rob Papen synth, a Virus, or a Eurorack modular. The DVD is really the deal. Clear out a bank in your favorite synth and work through all these synth recipes.
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